NEBBI. The media in the West Nile region has been urged to their best in exposing corruption which is a big challenge in the country.
The urge was made by Mr Emilio Odongo, the President of the Greater Nebbi development forum while during training on Access to Information Act and investigative journalism in Nebbi on Tuesday.
He said journalists in the region have a role to play in exposing corrupt officials if they want to live in a good environment.
“The biggest challenge we have in this country is corruption and as media, your role is to expose them because most of these government programmes are not creating an impact in the community, this is because money is not reaching the intended communities”, Odongo said.
He urged the media to always strive to deliver accurate and timely information because the population rely on and trust the media.
“By getting all the information about the procurement processes and understanding them, you can then properly write and expose what has gone wrong and exposing those involved”,Odongo added.
Mr Benedict Okethwengu the chairman Nebbi Zombo media association urged the media to always try to dig deeper into issues of corruption which is eating the country especially when it comes to government programmes.
“Corruption is eating us up and we have the duty to investigate and dig deeper into corruption allegations because we have the duty to expose them", he said.
Mr Clement Aluma Aribo, the chairman West Nile Press Association (WENPA) said journalists in the region should learn to be fearless in doing their work and exposing corruption.
“Always be determined and committed when working and when it comes to corruption, work as a team because alone you cannot easily expose the issues involved in corruption scandals, collaborate with trusted colleagues where possible" he noted.
The training organised by Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) saw 36journalists and talks haw hosts from the districts of Pakwach, Nebbi, Zombo and Arua being taken through various legal regimes needed for their practice.
Mr Mathius Mwesige, the program officer at AFIC said the training is to help the journalists acquire skills to sniff out attempts to hide information by duty bearers, verification of information data disclosed and how to improve journalism profession using investigative journalism.